Headlines for Friday, July 22, 2005

  • Santa Anita Derby winner Castledale tests the field in the Eddie Read.

    Emerging Star Castledale Heads Eddie Read

    Castledale, just a head short of having a three-race win streak, is the headliner for Sunday's $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) at 1 1/8 miles over Del Mar's Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

  • Silver Ticket Heads Chinese Cultural Centre

    Double stakes winner Silver Ticket heads a three-horse Sam-Son Farm contingent among 11 entered in Sunday's $300,000 Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes (Can-II), a grass race that has attracted some of Canada's top profile horses, including A Bit O'Gold, Mobil, and Niigon.

  • Silver Ticket Heads Chinese Cultural Centre

    Double stakes winner Silver Ticket heads a three-horse Sam-Son Farm contingent among 11 entered in Sunday's $300,000 Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes (Can-II), a grass race that has attracted some of Canada's top profile horses, including A Bit O'Gold, Mobil, and Niigon.

  • Wild Desert and jockey Pat Velenzuela following the Queen's Plate.

    Borislow Responds to Wild Desert Probe

    Owner Daniel Borislow has responded to a probe by the racing commissions in New Jersey and New York concerning the whereabouts of Wild Desert before his win in the Queen's Plate at Woodbine.

  • Belmont Stakes champ Afleet Alex faces seventeen as highweight in next month's Haskell Invitational.

    Afleet Alex Assigned 123 for Haskell

    Cash Is King's Afleet Alex, winner of two jewels of the Triple Crown this year, has been assigned highweight of 123 pounds for the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. 1) Aug. 7.

  • Acorn Stakes winner Round Pond is sidelined.

    Round Pond Sidelined with Knee Chip

    Fox Hill Farm's Round Pond, winner of the Acorn (gr. I) and Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) has been taken out of training after a small chip was discovered in her knee following her second-place finish in the Delaware Oaks (gr. II).

  • Magna Announces Recapitalization Plan

    Magna Entertainment announced a recapitalization plan July 22 that includes two binding loan agreements with its subsidiary, MI Developments. The plan also includes a bridge loan that a Magna press release said "will permit us to proceed with an orderly marketing and sale of non-strategic real estate, racetracks, and other assets."

  • Horsemen Told of Rights to Influence Signal Fees

    If horsemen believe they aren't receiving adequate compensation for their product, it's within their rights to be directly involved in the setting of host fees, a consultant said July 22 during the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association summer convention in Toronto, Ontario.

  • California's Racing Struggles Aired

    Calling Churchill Downs' recent sale of Hollywood Park a "shot across the bow," California state Senator Dean Florez heard industry leaders plea for help in racing's struggle for survival in the Golden State.

  • Riding Weight Bill Amended in California

    After meeting with state racing industry executives, the national Jockeys' Guild has amended California legislation originally designed to establish heavier minimum riding weights in favor of setting parameters for a national peer review study of jockey health issues.